A large number of women worldwide use oral birth control pills, or contraceptive pills, to prevent unwanted pregnancy. Not only this, many times doctors also prescribe contraceptive pills in diseases like menstruation problems, cysts related problem, excessive pain in periods and PCOD ie Polycystic Ovary Disease. Although these pills are helpful in preventing unwanted pregnancy but they also have some side effects.
Contraceptive pills, i.e. birth control pills, introduce hormones into the body, causing the already existing hormones to disturb the body. Because of this, the menstrual cycle becomes irregular and the periods are also delayed. Some women also experience vomiting, dizziness, headaches after taking birth control pills. Also, weight gain, mood swings and breast tenderness can also be a problem.
Birth control pills do not have just such side effects. The results of a recent study were presented at the 105th Radiological Society of North America annual meeting in which brain scans of women taking birth control pills were compared to brain scans of women not taking the pill. For this study, scientists conducted a brain scan of 50 women, out of which 21 women were taking pills regularly.
Effect of the pill on the hypothalamus part of the brain
Scientists found that women who were taking contraceptive pills, or contraceptive pills, saw a significant difference in the hypothalamus volume of their brains compared to women who were not taking the pill. Actually, the hypothalamus is the part of the brain that controls sex drive. Along with sleep cycle, mood swings and appetite. The study’s lead author and professor of radiology, Dr. Lipton, said, “Early studies show that birth control pills affect brain function but more investigation is needed.”